Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department

Kefaya Diab

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Kefaya DiabDr. Kefaya Diab joined the Writing Department in July 2021 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. In her research, Dr. Diab currently works on her monograph “Theorizing a Sense of Agency in the Arab Spring (2010-11), where she theorizes how a sense of capability emerged among Arab revolutionaries from rhetorical ecologies informed by religion and culture in the region. At this time, she is preparing for a documentary film about the Tunisian revolution (2010-11) to film and edit in collaboration with Tunisians who contributed to their revolution. The documentary will offer a counter-narrative to what mainstream Arab and Western media widely circulated during their coverage of the revolution. As a teacher, Dr. Diab embodies a critical pedagogy informed by Paulo Freire (1996) where she challenges her students to analyze problems in the world around them and respond to transform reality into a socially just one. She implements community-based learning and anti-racist labor-based writing approaches adapted by Asao Inoue (2019). For more about her work and portfolio see Kefayadiab.weebly.com


043N Maryland Hall
Writing Department
Loyola University Maryland
Baltimore, Md. 21210
Phone: (410) 617-2304


New Mexico State University (NMSU), Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Professional Communication
New Mexico State University (NMSU), M.A. in Communication Studies
Al Al-Bait University, B.C.S. in Computer Science

Courses Taught

Writing 100: Effective Writing


  •  “Theorizing the Rise of the Arab Spring through a Sense of Agency.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly (Forthcoming 51.4).
  • Baking It In: Sexual Harassment and Cultural Change in Writing Studies. W.A.C. Clearinghouse. (2020). With Aaron Barlow et al.
  • “Where We Are: A Dialogue and Disciplinary Space.” Composition Studies. (Fall 2019 issue). With Brian Hendrickson et al.
  • “Delivery & Multimedia Composition: Re-claiming Agency in Digital Media for Advocacy and Social Change.” Paideia16. Eds. Mais Al-Kateeb et al. Plymouth, MI: Hayden-McNeil. Print, 2016, (pp. 115-140).
  • “Unleashing Creativity: Filmmaking as a Tool to Teach Culture, Critique, and Almost Anything.” The Fourth Annual Don & Sarrah Kidd Literacy Conference Proceeding, 2013 (pp. 24-28)

    For more information about my teaching, research, and other professional activities, see my CV in PDF.
Michelle Tran


Michelle’s relationships with mentors and faculty have helped her gain internship experience and build a writing portfolio in preparation for her future career